After a rather poor run, which saw them fail to win in three, Sevilla have turned things around of late, as they’ve emerged victorious from each of their last three matches. Wins against the likes of Leganes, Girona and Las Palmas are by no means overly impressive, but such results will certainly have improved the Andalusians’ confidence ahead of this UCL Clash.
In contrast, United don’t arrive in such form. Jose Mourinho’s men did win last time out, but they’d lost two of their previous three prior to that, while the Red Devils have now won just four of their last eight matches on the road. For lots of teams such a stat wouldn’t be too bad, but for a team whose aim is to consistently challenge at the very top, such form just won’t do. This is far from the imperious Manchester United of old, so the hosts may jut fancy themselves ahead of the first-leg.
Going forward, both Sevilla and Man United have plenty in the locker, though things haven’t been too good at the other end of proceedings. It must be said that both teams can be got at. At the prices, ‘Both Teams to Score’ stands out, while, a secondary option, backing the draw also stands out.
Offensively, Sevilla will back themselves to threaten a visiting defence that, when push comes to shove, is often not up to scratch. In front of an expectant home crowd, the Spanish outfit are no slouches going forward, as they’ve scored at least once in all but one of their 19 competitive fixtures at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán during the current campaign.
As Liverpool found out on their trip to Andalusia during the group stages, Sevilla can be very shaky at the back, but they’re also more than capable of putting teams under pressure and scoring goals. With the likes of Jesus Navas and Nolito, two players that United fans will remember from their time playing at Man City, alongside dangerous forwards such as Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel, the hosts have more than enough quality to get on the score-sheet on Wednesday night.
Even if they set up to contain, United are expected to be found out defensively on Wednesday night. Sevilla are adept at both pressurising and creating chances against deep-lying sides, while they can also be effective on the break. However, the visitors could quite easily get plenty of joy of their own in the final third.
During the groups, Mourinho’s men often flexed their attacking muscles when playing on the road and they ought to enjoy the likely open nature of Sevilla’s set up in this match. Having seen Liverpool cut apart the Sevilla rear-guard earlier in the competition, the likes of Alexis Sanchez and co. should be chomping at the bit to get going.
One player who is backed to enjoy himself on Wednesday night is the aforementioned Ben Yedder, who scored an impressive six goals during the group stages. The French forward has been an integral part of Sevilla’s play in the final third and is likely to feature prominently against a Manchester United back-line that has not always been overly hard to breach. At a decent price, backing the 27-year-old to add to his Champions League tally makes plenty of appeal.
All things considered, in a match where both teams will be keen to get themselves on the score-sheet, backing both Sevilla, who scored and conceded in five of their six group matches, and United to find the net is a punt worth taking. The pair can both score in this match, though ultimately, with them sharing both attacking strength and defensive frailty, there may not be too much between them. At the prices, a small bet on the draw is also advised.
Head To Head
These two have only met once before. Back in 2013, Sevilla beat Man United by three goals to one in a pre-season friendly.
Sevilla vs Manchester United Stats
- Sevilla have scored at least once in 100% of their Champions League matches this season.
- Man United have scored at least once in 83% of their Champions League matches this season.